Pakistan’s National Security Policy (2022-2026) should be of great interest to India but…
He refers to terrorism in these terms: “the most acute form of efforts to undermine the stability and national harmony of a society is terrorism”.
The objectives of the internal security policy are “to ensure the authority of the state in all regions of the country and to guarantee the security of life and property of all citizens. Prioritize the fight against terrorism, violent sub-nationalisms, extremism, bigotry and organized crime. To ensure that Pakistan remains a safe destination for intellectual activities, businesses, investors and visitors. »
Outwardly, he says he will “seek regional peace through the normalization of relations in our immediate neighborhood on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality.”
Pakistan is about to change due to a corridor that China is building linking China to the Arabian Sea through Pakistani-occupied Kashmir. This will help connect Pakistan to Central Asia, especially if Afghanistan is stable.
Our government should study the document (and also try to access the parts that are classified) to see if it has to respond to it and if our national security policy is affected by it.
Unfortunately, for that to happen, we must first have a national security policy, which we don’t have. Former General Prakash Menon noted that for several decades India’s policy orientations vis-à-vis the military had been geared towards Pakistan as an immediate threat. But now that the Chinese threat was upon us, that has changed.
The political goals that were supposed to be achieved by the military lay in a 2009 document called the “Raksha Mantri Directive”. This directive, wrote General Menon, “continues to lack parentage for lack of a coherent national security strategy. The Defense Planning Committee, led by the NSA, was given this task two years ago . Nothing has emerged so far.”
He adds that “for the most part, the guideline is shaped by inputs that do not flow from the required logic and awareness. Only the adoption and respect of the precepts of a politico-strategic approach can bring the desired contributions.